Noticing any cracking in your stucco exterior is actually a perfectly normal occurrence. Cracking can occur thanks to a few reasons: structural movement, water intrusion or a product that was not allowed to achieve maximum hardness when the stucco was applied. In most cases, you do not need to be overly concerned.
Hairline or “Craze Crack”
If you see a hairline or “craze crack” occur, simply monitor it. That is all you need to do. If that crack becomes large enough for you to put a credit card in, then it is time to have us come and repair it. The repair process can be as simple as adding some textured sealant to bridge the crack. If your home has an elastomeric paint, then a simple coat of paint may do the trick.
Deep and Wide Cracks
For more in-depth cracks, ones that run deep and wide, it is likely that extensive repair might be required. The major cause of cracking of this type is water intrusion. The wet plywood under the stucco expands and forces excessive movement of the stucco. So much so that it begins to pull away from the wall. By patching the crack we will only put a temporary aesthetic fix and not a proper correction.
Recommendation: Most people simply assume that a quick patch will work, but for severe cracks, we recommend a third-party inspector to determine the cause of the cracking. We will refer you to our preferred stucco inspection firms and request that you have a moisture test completed. While you may think this is excessive and a waste of money, it is vital that we know the underlying cause.
Cracked Brick and Stucco Repair from CDP Stucco
CDP Stucco has repaired cracked stucco for homeowners throughout Florida. If you are unsure if the cracks indicate foundation failure, a representative from CDP Stucco can provide an inspection to give you back peace of mind.
Contact us today for an inspection of your cracked stucco repair! If you are interested in Stucco Installation or Stucco Repair, call the experts at CDP Stucco now at 850-259-2283